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A New Casino for Western Australia

Seems like there’s no shortage of good news for us to bring you on the casino front. Australia is already one of the foremost destinations in the world for casino resorts, with casinos like The Star in Sydney and Crown Melbourne flying the flag high and proud for the Australian Casino and gaming industries.

There’s talk of a second casino in Sydney (that’s a longer discussion for another day, though) and all the figures we’ve seen are heading in the right direction: tourism is rising, with Chinese tourists in particular choosing Australia and Australian Casinos more and more; the online casinos have never been more popular (or better), and the mobile casinos are bringing some great games to Australians on the move. What we really need now is a shiny new 6-star hotel in Perth (according to James Packer, anyway).

On the back of great success in Melbourne, James Packer’s Crown Casino Group thinks it’s time for a new development in Western Australia, and so Perth is soon to benefit from a massive new casino resort development. The figure we’ve seen is AU$568million, which builds a lot of hotel and casino. Which is good, because the plans are nothing if not ambitious.

With the Crown Melbourne complex as a blueprint, expect a casino precinct that could well be as big a hit with Perth residents as Crown Melbourne has been there. Of course, the plans for a new stadium (with as many as 80,000 seats) will only help draw customers to the Burswood peninsula. When they get there, they’ll find the new Crown Towers, an addition to the existing Burswood casino, which will feature 500 luxurious rooms as well as bars, restaurants and resort and convention facilities.

The new hotel will increase the capacity of the complex to a massive 1200 rooms, and with the increase in the numbers of guests, the Western Australian government has agreed to an extension of the casino facilities, too. Crown will have to make room for 500 new gaming machines over the next five years, and 130 new casino tables, too, some of them in private rooms.

Mr. Packer says, ‘I believe so strongly that what we do is so fantastic for the cities that we operate in. I think that the Burswood Peninsula, when the new sporting stadium is built there and Crown Towers is finished, is going to become the precinct in Perth just like Southbank is in Melbourne.’ Which all sounds fantastic to us.

It’s something we’ve said before, but that bears repeating: we’re lucky here in Australia. Not only do we have any number of really high-quality online casinos (we’re thinking of great Australia-facing online casinos like The Gaming Club Casino and Jackpot City Casino), but the mobile casinos are really starting to take off here, too. On top of that are Australia’s first-rate casino resorts like The Star and Crown Melbourne. With Perth set to take its place amongst those top casinos, there’s only one question left to answer: since our budget might not stretch to a 6-star hotel for the weekend, if you’re a Perth resident, can we stay on your sofa?

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